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United States credit cards

I am planning to go paris in sept. I've heard I cannot use United States credit cards?

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1. Re: United States credit cards

You can use US credit cards at hotels, restaurants, shops, etc. You may not be able to use it in some automated ticket machines if it doesn't have chip and pin technology.

Le Bugue, France
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That's crazy. Of course you can.

Lancaster, PA
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Only my CC with a chip worked in London for Underground tix. All restaurants could use the other CC's. Suggest you call your Cc company and request CC with a chip.

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most ticket machines take cash although in France you often needs coins which is a pain. manned windows will take the magnetic credit cards.

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Make sure to bring more than one card - for various reasons, some work in some places some of the time, so it's best to have a backup payment system.

Make certain to call each bank and notify them of your travel dates and locations, otherwise your cards will be declined as "fraudulent activity".

Many merchants have minimum purchase amounts, usually 10 or 15 EU, and some small merchants will only accept cash.

American Express is usually accepted in hotels and upscale department stores - but don't make this your main card, since it's not widely used, here.

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I believe that the Discover card is not accepted in Europe, but as stated above you should have no trouble with a US Visa or Mastercard, except possibly in the instances mentioned above.

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I have been using my Capital one card at restaurants and bought the paris museum card . For everything else been using cash from ATM. Certain debit cards have no charges and no foreign transaction fees and usually the best exchange rate

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I found that very few restaurants take Am Ex but they can swipe other cards table side. ATMs also work fine. The only problem is with self service machines. They need a card with a chip in it.

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